Grateful Dead

May 04 - May 10, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back, as we continue our ride through the month of May in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, with stops in 1972, 1977 and 1978.

This week we’ll start our voyage in Paris, France, on the first night of the two night stand in the city of lights. From the second set, we have this magnificent, typical-of-Europe-’72 jam featuring Jam>The Other One>Drums>The Other One>Me and Bobby McGee>The Other One>Wharf Rat. These two Paris shows were loaded with good music, with some if it making it onto the Europe ’72 album. Hopefully some day we’ll see a France ’72 album released featuring music from these two shows, plus Lille on 5/13/72.

Next up, from five years plus a day later on 5/4/77 at the Palladium in New York City (check out last week’s Tapers’ Section for more music from this run), we have this very tight, very inspired second set jam of Terrapin Station>Playing In The Band>Comes A Time>Playing In The Band. As I mentioned last week, this run of shows, and the entire tour, featured a very unique jam/song sequence virtually every night, and this one is no exception.

From a year and a day later in Hanover, NH, we have the second set closing jam from 5/5/78 featuring Not Fade Away>Stella Blue>Around and Around, Werewolves of London. This was the first night of the second half of a very good tour, with the first half taking place 4/6/78 to 4/24/78 and the second half taking place 5/5/78 to 5/17/78, with plenty of great stuff during these five weeks, including the 5/10&11/78 shows that have been immortalized as Dick’s Picks Vol. 25.

Lastly this week, from the next night on 5/6/78 in Burlington, VT, we have the show-opening quintet of songs, consisting of Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Beggy-O, BIODTL, Loser.

Stop in next week for more great music, from 1970, 1973 and 1978. Some very good stuff coming up.

David Lemieux


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Chief Eads's picture
Joined: Apr 22 2009
Thanks David

Thanks David! More 1972 for the win .
PS: Will we ever hear soundboard cuts from 12/19/78 ? Super rare !!

David 'Chief' Eads; Brandon, Mississippi

JeremyP's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Europe '72 box set (myth - or legend?)

//Europe '72 box set
//On May 4th, 2009 djchall said:

//I think there should be an uber-Europe '72 box set that would include every show from the tour //(every one that exists in the vault at least.) Or least put all the shows on itunes or // and allow people to buy what they wanted. (I'm old-fashioned, though, and like //the idea of a box set with essays and photos.)

Lost touch with him sadly, but for a while I had a regular exchange going with Mike Getz of Tapers' Compendium fame; got to meet him a couple of times and had huge numbers of shows dumped on me for all-night burning sessions. Bless him. If anyone...

Anyway, he got to visit the vaults, and noted that there were 16 track recordings of all the Europe '72 shows. David? Didn't state whether they were all complete...

My initiation into the full frontal glory of the Dead in overdrive was this tour. Only able to capture a few shows, in deference to impecuniousness and the fact that it was my Oxford finals term (got the worst degree possible ;->).

So yeah. Do it. Or for sure do Paris '72 or all the Paris shows ever. Similarly other European cities. Sure seller IN those cities.

But I digress. Time for Desperate Housewives

Joined: Sep 23 2008

This is great stuff. I love the Paris 72 shows and that is an awesome version of Comes A Time. My older sister was in Paris that week with her high school French class although she didn't go to the shows. I sometimes daydream about having taken French then and going to Paris and seeing one of the shows. That would have been cool.
Anyways I wonder if you have in the vault the shows from this period in 1979.
A couple of the all-time favorite shows that I attended in Baltimore and Lafayette.


Joined: Jun 27 2007
David ~ The Man

You the man! Really enjoying this venue here. You are doing a great job finding us nuggets of such excellent quality! The live music is so appreciated. Thank you.

This European Tour is so awesome, I can see the Eiffel tower wow

round and round

wolff's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007

born crazy my b-day always a treat
thank you for soooo much 5/5
peace wolff

Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Really nice!

Suh-weet jams, must be a great feeling to walk into THE VAULT to start your work day. I'm really digging the Dead 2009 tour, lots of great music, more to come. Jam on America.

Coconut Phil, living Free.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

The '77 sequence is dyno-mite. You can hear the crowd get totally blown away by Terrapin, then Playin' gets out there to some weird spaces until they bring it back home with such a sweet Comes A Time. Very tight and inspired indeed, David.

Muchas gracias de nuevo mi amigo y feliz cinco de mayo <[:^)o

lamagonzo (not verified)

What eees thees Beggy-O of wheech you speak? Next we weel 'ave Jenarrio. "In the back woods of Jennario, Tiger Woods was running around." These damn inaccuracies are driving me crazzie

Joined: Jul 16 2007

And now I love you again. My all time favorite Comes a Time, in one of my all time faovorite 2nd sets. If you dont have it, get it, now. I am right with you on the Spring 78 shows too. Got into those with those DP's and have loved almost all that I have gotten my hands on.

"Just when I think I'm out, He keeps pullin' me back in!"


Joined: Jun 10 2007

very pleased with this other taste of europe 72-- comes a time is beautiful- the guitar, the vocals, the band sounds awesome.

thank you, david- many times over-



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